“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” doesn’t apply to the DIY age, where people pay less and make more.
Dissatisfied with the existing lineup of commercial music players,We can built our own portable playback machine using a Raspberry Pi Zero and common modules.
“Since most vinyl records come with a download code for MP3 files, a dedicated portable music player with my own offline music collection seemed like a good option,” according to the Netherlands-based tinkerer.
Enter PiPod: a pocket-sized device with 64GB of storage and a screen the size of a first-gen Apple classic.
As digital storage becomes cheaper, one would hope manufacturers might pack more bang for your buck into their handsets.
All you need is a Raspberry Pi Zero (the board costs only $5), a 2.2-inch TFT display, 24-bit DAC, 1,200 or 2,000 mAh battery (plus charge controller and protection circuit), and some basic tech knowhow.
The user interface (displayed in 320-by-240-pixel resolution) is entirely customizable; you control navigation, volume, and backlighting, and can sort music by artist, album, or track.
Hardware and software files for the open-source design can be found on GitHub. Build instructions are available on the PiPod project page.
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